Video shows test build of Tizen update heading to Samsung Galaxy Gear

Video shows test build of Tizen update heading to Samsung Galaxy Gear
Samsung might have thrown purchasers of the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch for a loop when the Tizen-driven Samsung Gear 2 and Samsung Gear 2 Neo were announced. Suddenly, owners of the Galaxy Gear had to be concerned that the manufacturer was not going to support the device. And with Sammy throwing cash at Gear developers, the Android driven watches seemed ready to play second fiddle to the newer timepieces.

Samsung plans on sending out an update that will turn the original Galaxy Gear into a Tizen powered wearable. No timeframe has been discussed, but the update will also carry some new features for the watch. For example, Sleep mode will track your sleeping habits, while Exercise mode monitors your workouts on a real-time basis. There will be a stand alone music player coming to the watch with the update, along with a feature that enables the owner to customize the double tap command that previously brought up Quick Controls. The latter has been carved out as a separate app.

After the update, Galaxy Gear users will be able to select the size of the font and choose from customizable wallpaper. In fact, all of the features on the Gear 2, except for the WatchON and the Heart Rate monitor, will be available to owners of the Samsung Galaxy Gear following the update.

An recent test version of the ROM can be viewed, by clicking on the video below.



source: SamMobile via GSMArena

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4 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

An update that will change the OS? That's a big one.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 6712; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I prefer the Android version over the tizen version of the OS. Now you won't be able to sideload apps and games like candy crush, apex launcher and more. Samsung you keep pushing tizen instead of Android, then we have to part ways.

3. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Got myself an imported Pebble Steel. Gotta say, its quite useful and quite functional. I got it for a pretty low price. =)

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

At least you are given a choice to go with tizen and the added features. Otherwise just stay with the original gear firmware which is still very good. I love the ability to choose which apps notification to receive.

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